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2:31 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Ireland, Allegations Of A Mass Grave At Old Home For Unwed Mothers

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:36 am

A small Irish community has been rocked by allegations that the bodies of dead children may have been interred in a disused septic tank behind a former home for unmarried mothers. The home, located in the town of Tuam near Galway city, had been run by the Bon Secours nuns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Stumped Politician Phones Merkel On TV Quiz Show, Gets Voice Mail

Wolfgang Bosbach — not on the set of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Britta Pedersen EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 2:54 pm

If you're stuck while playing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? it's probably a bad idea to call a world leader for the phone-a-friend option.

But that's precisely what Wolfgang Bosbach did. Twice.

Bosbach, a political ally of Angela Merkel, called the German chancellor when he was stuck on the celebrity version of the game show. The question that stumped him: Why was the East German WM66 washing machine legendary?

He got Merkel's voice mail both times.

Here's more from the BBC:

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The Two-Way
1:58 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Minimum Wage Hikes Popular, But May Not Spread Everywhere

Seattle waitress Wendy Harrison picks up a lunch order on Monday. She stands to be affected by a $15 minimum wage approved by the Seattle City Council.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:12 pm

No political idea is being as heavily test-marketed these days as the minimum wage.

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour — more than double the federal rate of $7.25 and almost 50 percent more than the $10.10 per hour figure favored by President Obama.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Egypt's Former Army Chief Wins Presidential Election In Landslide

Egyptian supporters of Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi chant slogans during a celebration in Cairo's Tahrir Square last week. On Tuesday, election officials certified that Sisi secured 97 percent of the vote.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:23 pm

Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt's former army chief, has secured a whopping 96.9 percent of the vote in the country's presidential election, but fewer than half of those allowed to cast ballots did so, according to the election officials.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Israel Criticizes U.S. Decision To Deal With Palestinian Government

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (center) leads the first Cabinet meeting of the new Palestinian unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.
Abbas Momani AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's troubled by the U.S. decision to maintain ties with the new Palestinian unity government, which includes the militant group Hamas.

"I'm deeply troubled by the announcement that the United States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas," he told The Associated Press, saying the group has murdered "countless innocent civilians."

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Leggo My Legos! Australian Toy Stores Hit By Series Of Thefts

An Australian detective says a recent string of Lego thefts sounds like the work of organized criminals.
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Toy stores in Australia have been hit by a series of high-dollar Lego heists, and a police detective thinks the thefts might be the work of a crime syndicate specifically targeting the toys.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Alexander Shulgin, The 'Godfather Of Ecstasy,' Dies At 88

Alexander Shulgin, the pharmacologist and chemist known as the godfather of Ecstasy, died Monday at his home in northern California. He was 88.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Alexander Shulgin, the researcher who transformed MDMA from an obscure chemical to a party drug known as Ecstasy, has died at his home in Northern California. He was 88, and the cause was liver cancer, the BBC reported.

In a statement on Facebook, Shulgin's wife and collaborator, Ann Shulgin, said:

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Syrians Head To Polls In An Election Expected To Go To Assad

In a photo released on the Syrian Presidency's Facebook page, Syrian President Bashar Assad casts his vote on Tuesday with his wife, Asma, at his side.
AP

Syrians head to the polls today in a vote that's expected to keep President Bashar Assad in power.

"The election is widely condemned as a sham by Western governments but hailed by Syria's allies Russia and Iran," NPR's Deborah Amos tells our Newscast unit. She says only residents in areas controlled by the Assad regime are allowed to vote.

Unlike in previous elections where Assad ran unopposed, there are two other names listed on the ballots — but they're little-known figures and their candidacies viewed as mostly symbolic.

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The Two-Way
10:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Obama Seeks $1 Billion To Boost U.S. Military Presence In Europe

President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday.
Radek Pietruszka EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 5:45 pm

President Obama said today [Tuesday] that he wants to boost the U.S. military presence in Europe amid simmering tensions with Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Administration Defends Bowe Bergdahl's Release Amid Criticism

President Obama, Jani Bergdahl and Bob Bergdahl speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on May 31 about the release of their son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:47 pm

President Obama today [Tuesday] defended the deal under which Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed in exchange for high-level Taliban prisoners, saying his administration had consulted with Congress over a possible trade. And, he dismissed questions about how Bergdahl was captured by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in June 2009.

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